The Jagannath Rath Yatra is¬†one of the most frequented Hindu¬†festivals in the country, and every year, thousands of devotees make their way to Puri to witness the larger-than-life phenomenon {so much so that ‘Jagannath’ is where the word juggernaut comes from}. As it comes to an end, we put together some glimpses of the last time were there {somewhere in 2015}.

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Gajapati Maharaja {treated as Lord Vishnu’s avatar during the rath yatra} is coming out of Raja na’aare {king’s palace} and heading towards the rath to perform the ritual of cleaning it with a gold broom in order to purify it.

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Thousands of people gather every year to witness this congregation festival, which shows how religion in India is diversified along religious beliefs and practices.

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This ritual is called Dhadi Pahandi, where lord Jagannath is accompanied by Pandas to enter their aunt’s place, which is the Gundicha temple.

Photos: Anand Mohapatra/LBB